5 reasons to launch your STEM career into space

Space career

Australia’s space sector is taking off – here’s why you should be a part of it.

1. There’s a space career for you… no matter your skills or passion!

Whether you’re into cyber security, biology, health, engineering or conservation – or basically any STEM field you can think of – there’s a job for you in Australia’s growing and super-diverse space sector.

2. Demand is sky-high (and growing)

Australia’s space sector is relatively young – the Australian Space Agency (ASA) was only launched in 2018 – which means there’s plenty of room for growth. The ASA’s goal is to create 20,000 new space-related jobs by 2030. Get on board!

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3. You can go your own way

Not long ago, a career in the space sector would’ve meant working for a big government agency like NASA, but – thanks largely to the miniaturisation of satellite technology – the startup scene is taking off, meaning you don’t need to be a government or even an eccentric billionaire to launch your big space tech idea.

Find out more about building your own space startup here.

4. You could be part of history

Want to be a part of the next “giant leap” for humankind? It’s a super exciting time to be studying and working in the space sector as we inch ever closer to big milestones
like seeing the first astronaut on Mars, discovering alien life or successfully mining asteroids for critical resources.

Or maybe the next big step or discovery is waiting for you to make it happen?

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5. Space jobs are helping save planet Earth

Got your sights set on an eco-career? Then don’t dismiss a job working in the space, er… space. These technologies play an important role in protecting our own planet, from better understanding weather patterns to identifying illegal logging through satellite imagery.

Find out more about launching your very own space career over at our space hub!

This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Space 2022.

Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma is the Managing Editor of Careers with STEM magazine. She has previously worked as Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine.

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